A quantum mechanical analogue of the stern-volmer equation

A. Nitzan*, J. Jortner, J. Kommandeur, E. Drent

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We discuss the role of interference effects in intramolecular electronic energy quenching of an excited electronic state of a large molecule. For a small electronic energy gap the Stern-Volmer relation is obtained in the limit of strong coupling, while in intermediate cases the (pressure dependent) quantum yield may exhibit a minimum. This prediction was experimentally verified for the radiative decay of the singlet excited state of biacetyl.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 May 1971


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